University of Florida – Citrus Breeding Program

University of Florida

Citrus Breeding Program

Established almost 100 years ago, the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center (UF/CREC) is the oldest and largest off-campus experimental station in the University of Florida system. It focuses on only one commodity – citrus.

The UF/CREC citrus breeding program has built and maintained an extensive collection of novel and diverse citrus germplasm. The criteria for selection of improved rootstock and fruiting cultivars include:

  • Wide adaptability
  • Tolerance of high pH, calcareous and heavy soils
  • Optimum tree size as needed for ACPS (Advanced Citrus Production Systems)
  • High yields of high-quality fruit
  • Reduced seed count
  • Salinity tolerance in some areas
  • Resistance to CTV-induced quick decline, citrus blight, nematodes, Phytophthora nicotianae, Phytophthora palmivora and the Diaprepes/Phytophthora complex, HLB (huanglongbing)

Mandarin Hybrid Variety